Turkish drug smuggler can’t be deported.

Posted: August 1, 2010 in Broken Britain, Law & Disorder

We really are led by donkeys.

IlieA Turkish drug trafficker sentenced to 30 years, but cut to 20 after an appeal, for his role in one of Britain’s largest-ever heroin seizures cannot be deported because of an obscure European law that mainly deals with import duty on fruit and vegetables. Crazily he was released after only nine years and three months in February 2008.

Ali Osman Gok arranged to smuggle £30 million of heroin, 345lbs, into Britain hidden inside the fuel tank of a Slovenian-registered articulated lorry. The Home Office spent two years trying to deport Ali Osman Gok after he was freed from prison in 2008. But his lawyers successfully overturned their efforts by mounting a lengthy series of appeals, focusing on a little-known, 30-year-old treaty between the EU and Turkey.

The treaty which enabled Gok win his case governs tariffs on goods between Turkey and Europe, and includes a detailed list of aubergines, watermelons, marrows and other foodstuffs covered by the agreement. Known as “Decision 1/80 of the Association Council of September 19, 1980”, it also includes a number of “social provisions” which were the key element of the case put forward by Gok’s solicitor.

It means that Turkish nationals can only be denied the right to live and work in European Community states if they pose a “specific risk of new and serious prejudice to the requirements of public policy”.

Police used a helicopter and plain clothes officers to observe the lorry’s progress through Folkestone and around the M25 to the Rookery Cafe on the Great North Road at Welham Green, Hertfordshire, where the driver transferred the drugs from the customised fuel tank to the cab. Shortly afterwards police intercepted the lorry, and arrested the driver as well as Gok and his co-defendant Mahir Kaynar.

The drug smuggler launched his appeal against deportation based on Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights, which guarantees the right to a family life. Gok argued that he had a 13-year-old daughter and an infant daughter born after his release from prison who would suffer if he was deported. He also argued that he would be at risk of retribution from Turkish criminals who helped organise the plot.

I sometimes wonder just exactly how many illegal workers there are in this country. Two Chinese were arrested in Berwick-upon-Tweed, you can’t get much further away from the Channel ports than this in England.

IlieUKBA called at the Hong Kong Chop Suey, in Berwick-upon-Tweed on Tuesday 27 July, questioning staff to ensure they had the right to work in the UK. Two male Chinese nationals were arrested for immigration offences and taken to Bedlington police station for further interview.

Still in the North East of England, at (G2 Meats) Manufacturing Co in Washington, Tyne and Wear, on Wednesday 21 July, a male Turkish national was found working illegally.

Also on 21 July, enforcement officers visited residential addresses in Gateshead and Sunderland and one Chinese male and a Chinese female were arrested for immigration offences and taken to Gilbridge police station for further interview.

UKBA should really double their number of officers but I can’t see the LibDim side of the coalition allowing that, can you?

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Comments
  1. Howard Thomas says:

    We need a minister of common sense in this country , with the power to over ride all the EU laws when it comes to deporting pillocks like this . Sure they are welcome to a family life……take the wife , and the kids, and all the inlaws (and outlaws) , and send the whole lot of them off to Turkey. No problem there…………and family life preserved ……..in Turkey!

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